Is there a good guide to MN Etsy shops? What are some MN Etsy shops you like?
Not stuff that’s dripping with Minnesota twee, just good stuff that I’d actually want to buy another person.
Supporting Local Businesses Means Supporting Your Local Internet
The terms “community” and “neighborhoods” can be kinda funny. Sometimes community-run media gives people jobs and/or training that can be used to enhance the local understand of how media is made.
And sometimes those terms are employed by outlets that are designed to profit from media trends like hyperlocalism. When the money from the community’s output doesn’t go back into the community, it provides little benefit to the actual community. (And if you want to volunteer, local organizations need your talents more than a for-profit based in New York.)
If Minneapolis and St. Paul didn’t already have outstanding community media resources and amazing local Tumblrs, I would have no problem with new companies trying to build that community spirit. But as it stands there are plenty of local places that provide paying jobs (or that are at least attempting it) to those who curate and write news about the Twin Cities; please support them by reading them, by linking them, by supporting their advertisers and sponsors. Here are some:
- Twin Cities Daily Planet
- Minnesota Public Radio
- Secrets of the City
- Heavy Table
- METRO online
- Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine
- Minnesota Monthly
- And I’d be an idiot if I didn’t mention Twin Cities Runoff
There are more, so please add to the list. As for one-stop Twin Cities Tumblrs, I’m sure another one of you can provide a list of those, if you don’t already know where to find them.
And then there’s also varied and sundry Patches, as well as several other non-locally based community-oriented sites, which I’m not always a huge supporter of, but at least they pay their writers and editors.
Also, not that the economics of liquor production are anything like the economics of media production (whole ‘nother can o’ worms!), but there is a very nice gin that comes out of Wisconsin called Death’s Door. There’s some free advertising.